Welsh school building cut back
Published: 06 December, 2011
CARDIFF: The Welsh Government has scaled down its £1.4bn school building programme.
Work on the first tranche of projects is now due to start later than first planned and will be spread over a longer period, with councils expected to fund a larger contribution than first envisaged.
The Welsh Government had originally planned to put up 70% of the funding for the 21st Century schools’ programme but told local councils a few months ago they would only be providing 50%. The councils were told to resubmit their education proposals taking this into consideration.
Local councils will now have to find the extra £700m of cash or scale back ambitions to deliver ‘mend and make do’ projects.
Funding for council priority projects has been extended over a seven year period rather than three first envisaged, followed by further fresh rounds every three years.